Jury selection for trial against Pierce County sheriff began Monday

Ed Troyer is on trial after allegedly telling 911 that a Black newspaper carrier threatened to kill him and then retracted those statements.

PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. – Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer appeared in the courtroom for the first time on Monday as the jury selection process resumed.

Troyer faces two criminal charges for an incident where he allegedly accused a Black leopard carrier of trying to kill him over the phone with 911, but withdrew those statements when police arrived. close to the scene.

Troyer was charged with one count of making a false report and one count of making false or misleading statements to a public official, both misdemeanors. He pleads not guilty.

About a dozen potential jurors were interviewed on Monday. The defense and the prosecution try to see if any potential jurors are biased towards either side. Of the 75 candidates, there will be a final panel of six jurors along with four replacements.

Jury selection was supposed to begin last Monday but was postponed due to Troyer’s flu. Troyer’s attorney, Anne Bremner, argued for the delay because Troyer was entitled to participate in the selection. The court hopes to expedite the selection of the jury as Troyer is feeling better.

Judge Jeffery Jahns said: “We have the time, the jurors are here, it makes sense to use this time wisely, and theoretically, once we complete this list. , hopefully that will make voir consulting more effective.” from Kitsap County, who is presiding over the case.

The trial comes more than a year after Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson charged Troyer with involvement in the incident following an investigation ordered by Governor Jay Inslee following a public outcry.

If found guilty, Troyer could face up to 364 days in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 for both counts.

https://www.king5.com/article/news/local/tacoma/ed-troyer-pierce-county-sheriff-trial-jury-selection/281-34cbc348-816a-4370-ade2-b4d7e8771569 Jury selection for trial against Pierce County sheriff began Monday

Edmund DeMarche

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